Foundation wants McInnis to repay $300,000

The Hasan Family Foundation, which five years ago paid $300,000 to Scott McInnis to research and write a series of articles on Colorado water law, today demanded the money back after learning that McInnis’ work was plagiarized from previous publications by Colorado Supreme Court Associate Justice Gregory Hobbs.

The work performed by McInnis “was only a fraction” of the work he was obligated to perform under the senior fellowship, the foundation said in a statement issued today.

“Of the little work that (McInnis) did, he has admitted it was neither fully completed by him, nor fully original,” the statement said. “In view of the public disclosure by Mr. McInnis as well as by Mr. Rolly Fischer, it is clear that Mr. McInnis has not fulfilled the terms of our agreement.”

The foundation demanded repayment of the funds and said it would have no further comment.

UPDATE: Foundation spokesman Drew Dougherty told the GJSentinel.com today that it has not yet met with McInnis, but hopes to in the near future to “work out an agreement” to repay the money.

He didn’t say, however, if the foundation would accept less than the full $300,000 fellowship, but isn’t ruling out going to court if necessary.

“If no agreement can be made, the Hasan Family Foundation would consider all appropriate legal actions to safeguard the interests of the foundation,” Dougherty said.

UPDATE: Scott McInnis’ campaign sent out the following response on the Hasan request for full repayment:

“I have said since this matter was brought to my attention that the articles provided as part of the Hasan Family Foundation fellowship were faulty. I explained how this problem arose, and I accepted responsibility.

“I apologized to the Hasans for this mistake, and I expressed my determination to make it right with my dear friends. I will be in contact with the Hasan family to make full payment arrangements. I agree with the foundation that this brings this matter to a close, and I look forward to continuing to speak on the campaign trail about the critical issues facing all of Colorado, including jobs and economic recovery.”

(Story posted 7-16-10 at 9:33 am)
(Story updated 7-16-10 at 10:18 am)
(Second story update 7-16-10 at 12:27 pm)



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